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interference, if you will. >> reporter: unemployment in the united states is now more than 10%. the highest level since 1983. if you were president, what would you do about unemployment? >> i'd start cutting taxes and allowing our small businesses to keep more of what their earning, more of what they are producing, what they own and earn so they can start reinvesting in their businesses and expand and hire more people. not punishing them by forcing health care reform down their throats, by forcing an energy policy down their throats that ultimately will tax them more, and cost them more to stayn business. those are back asspa asswards w dealing with the economy. >> reporter: you have a way with words. you said to charlie gibson that there are places in alaska that you can see russia. do you feel that alaska's proximity to russia from whatever place you can see it, is significant foreign policy experience? >> it's very significant, and we are a gate keeper for the continent. so, for national security reasons and for energy independence and resource development reasons, alaska should be recog
road. all-in bet on the future of the united states. bianna golodryga has the story. >> reporter: good evening, charlie. what warren buffet calls his bet on america is his largest deal ever made, but the real headline behind the deal is not how much it costs, but what it says about the u.s. economy. right there. >> okay, the hot seat. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview this summer, warren buffett told abc news that when it comes to gauging whether or not the economy is on track, one of his focuses is on railroad tracks. what indicators do you look at on a daily basis? >> i do think thgs rail car holdings are important. i mean, that tells you what is coming in to this country, going out and so on. >> reporter: at the time, his general outlook was somber. freight shipments had declined by 20% from one year before. today, he provided this statement to abc news. "i have no notion of what the next quarter or next year will bring, but i'm 100% confident in the economic future of the united states 5, 10 and 100 years down the road." >> the railroad system is one of thnation's oldest indus
pilgrims from 160 countries are here, including thousands from the united states. many have only their faith to protect them. as of this week, just 50 countries have the vaccine. the density of the pilgrims, the nature of the hajj rituals, the proximity in prayer, all provide what health officials say are the perfect conditions for spreading the h1n1 virus. what is the worst case scenario? our worst fear is that you will get a lot of cases, massive cases. >> reporter: for months, saudi officials have been working feverishly to contain the pandemic. each pilgrim is scanned. those who show flu-like symptoms are put in isolation for seven days. dozens of clinics are set up, stocked with the vaccine and tamiflu. motorcycle medical units reach severe cases quickly. the kingdom even brought in experts from the cdc in atlanta. >> there is no more stopping the spreading. what we do with a pandemic, whether it's the u.s., china or saudi arabia, hajj or olympics, is to reduce the burden. >> reporter: the pilgrims believe the only one who can control their fate is god. "it's all in the hand
states, hawaii and maine reporting an increase in the last week. that matches what our medical unit is hearing from around the country, and david muir is here with more tonight. david? >> reporter: good evening, george. the cdc confirmed what we've been told by health departments across this country, that the number of h1n1 cases is on the decline. the question now, has this strain of the flu peaked? while the cdc wouldn't go that far, several flu experts we talked to today said they are confident we have turned the corner. for three weeks in a row now, the cdc has seen the number of h1n1 cases go down. >> all ten regions of the u.s. are seeing a decrease. >> reporter: this was austin, texas, just two months ago. tents lined up outside as hundreds were coming down with the h1n1 flu. today, those tents are down >> we were seeing about 280 patients or more a day with flu. and that's dropped off now, so that today we're seeing about 70 patients. >> reporter: today in ft. worth, where officials since sent 80,000 students home when fears of the flu began, the absentee rate is now back to
widely in the united states to a point where about 22 million people probably have come into contact with the virus. >> reporter: people started to build immunity? >> they do. >> reporter: with the thanksgiving holiday next week and the travel that comes with it the cdc is urging people not to be complaisant, to still get vaccinated. they are eager to remind everyone this flu has been unpredictable. >> okay, david muir, thank you. >>> overseas now to england, where they are used to rain, but nothing like what they're dealing with now. in the last day, more than a foot of water has fallen in the northwest, the heaviest rainfall already recorded. rescues continue around the clock, and as nick watt reports, the rain shows no sign yet of letting up. >> reporter: they're calling for a flood of biblically portions, a 1,000-year storm. a month's worth of rain fell in a single day. >> i've never seen anything like it. it! >> reporter: this picturesque corner of england, the fabled lake district, is unrecognizable. the water is eight feet deep in places. village streets turned into torrents.
to go to their deaths at the hands of the united states and they won't cause all this ruckus in the system. prosecutors are counting on that to some degree. but they will have stand-by lawyers to raise some of issues, such as, after being wat waterboarded 183 times in a month, are you in your right mind to plead guilty? >> many tricky legal problems and a trial, as we say, going to get a lot of attention. all right, terry moran, thank you. >>> and today's decision will be the subject on "this week" with george stephanopoulos. among the guests, secretary of state hillary clinton and rudy giuliani. >>> former louisiana congress man william jefferson has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his conviction on federal bribery charges. $90,000 wrapped in foil was found in jefferson's freezer, part of the half million dollars prosecutors say he used for using his influence to broker business deals in africa. >>> along the atlanta seaboard of the united states tonight, residents are dealing with an unwelcome visitor who won't go away. the remnants of tropical storm ida have broug
the united states is trying to do for these people. and just saying hey, we're here to support you. >> reporter: a marine battalion will likely be the first new unit to arrive here under the president's soon to be announced plan. about 1500 additional marines. the marines top commander made a special visit here today. >> we're probably going to be the first out the door, and marines are ready to do that. >> reporter: captain ryan benson is a company commander, responsible for a huge swath of southern afghanistan. he says more marines could mean he'll be able to focus more intensely on a smaller area. >> if we're able to focus on other areas and bring on marines to focus on the areas we can't, we'd be able to touch a lot more afghans. >> reporter: of course, a new strategy and troop commitment means marines will be here for many thanksgivings to come. for eric collins, this thanksgiving was his first away from home. he wanted to send a message to his family in clay county, kentucky. >> hope the lord takes care of you in every which way, and to my mom, i love you. i just can't help t
mind. >> reporter: this is a serious allegation that you're making against a sitting united states senator. >> why would a clients hire doug hampton if he didn't think he would have access to ensign's office? that's the only reason they would hire him. >> reporter: he'coming forward because he sees new evidence that the charges are being investigated. has the department of justice contacted you at all? >> not paul. >> reporter: the senate ethics committee? >> not at all. >> none at all.e fbi? >> reporter: you've heard from no investigatory body? >> none at all. >> reporter: what kind of conclusion do you draw from that gentleman. >> not interested in getting to the bottom of this. it's interesting, boy, you got to talk about everything. when you're elected, you don't have to talk about anything. >> as for senator ensign, he tells abc in his statement that he has broken no laws or ethics rules and will fully cooperate with any investigation. he said if doug hampton violated etcs laws, he did not advise, assist or cooperate with him. charlie. >> cynthia mcfadden reporting tonight. yo
of the united states took office. and that happened not only its own. it happened because of a set of tough, difficult choices, and this economy did not come into this simply facing the worst financial crisis in generations, it came into this with an almost decade, certainly eight years of basic neglect of basic public goods and fixing those problems is a central obligation of this administration. >> tell all of that to the millions of americans who no longer have jobs because of your decision. >> timothy geithner on capitol hill today. >>> today in afghanistan, hamid karzai was sworn in. in his speech, karzai thanked the u.s. for its military and financial help. but as the u.s. considers sending tens of thousands more troops to afternoon began stan, it wants more from karzai than words. martha raddatz was at the inauguration in kabul. >> reporter: in a ceremony before dignitaries around the world, hamid karzai began his second term with a vow to fight the corruption which has badly tainted his presidency. "it is a dangerous enemy," he said, "that we will tackle seriously." >> the issue now
in the united states, and has produced half of the nation's supply so far. they had promised 20 million doses by the end of october, by delivered only 27 million. >> we assumed 50% of historical yield. it was only 30% when he started. so, the differential was not that great for us and we've been able to close that gap. >> reporter: health officials blame that on the vaccine companies. >> what we are doing is relying on the manufacturers to give us their numbers. it does appear now that those numbers were overly rosy. >> reporter: but they insist once they realized production was not going as planned, the government was full little informed. >> 30 consecutive weeks discu discussing this with them and we've kept them very much informed in terms of what we felt our production schedule could be. >> reporter: they say its production is now at full steam and it will soon be ahead of schedule, but for most of the 159 million americans at high risk from h1n1, the wait for vaccine continues. >> unfortunately, the consequences of not having enough vaccine soon enough is we're going to get people sick a
the place where they're brought back on their arrival back in the united states. senator hutchinson earli today said she believes she's heard that the shooter was a soldier who did not want to be deployed. that's the latest from here. >> i go back to my time in the military, john. this is a processing center. and i remember, we used to line up to get shots and whatever just before we were about to do anything. >> exactly. >> in the military. and you wonder how he could kill 12 people, wound more than 30, with a couple of handguns, unless they were, obviously, very tightly bunched. but we don't know much more than that right now. >> reporter: no, this is indeed where they're processed and checked medically and also where they fill out their wills, by the way. before they head out. all we know is that the gunman at this point thate know had two guns. and he was shooting and firing away. i don't know how he did so much damage in so short a time. we heard one statement from senator hutchinson, again who said, "it is a terrible tragedy when one of your own does something so horrendous." >> ind
online lectures featuring the con stance on the path to jihad have urged attacks on the united states. >> never underestimate the power of fear, especially, especially, when the enemy of allah hears allah akbar. >> reporter: his words have power. the men convicted of plotting to kill u.s. soldiers at ft. diction says he was their inspiration. they were taped talking about him. >> you got to hear this lecture. >> reporter: and in canada, the so-called toronto 18, who plotted to attack parliament also said they were inspired by awlaki. >> so, what ends up happening is, they inspire people and think, okay, let's take it to the next level. let's be our own little al qaeda group. >> reporter: yet, there was no follow-up investigation when the fbi learned that majorasan has sent as many as 20 e-mails to awlaki. awlaki addresses his followers as soldiers of allah, the soas. on business cards hasan used, he makes no reference to the u.s. military, but lists, instead, himself as an soa. he is a soldier off allah. charlie? >> brian ross, thank you. >>> we reported last night that new numbers ab
an english language website out of yemen, urging all muslims to wage jihad against the united states. >> the key here is jihad or no jihad. >> aulaqi was known as a major a senior recruiter for al qaeda.recruiter for he clearly has the ability to convince people to kill others and perhaps even kill themselves. >> reporter: before the left the country, awlaki was the imam of a virginia mosque attended by hasan. two of the 9/11 hijackers also prayed there. >> his objective is to include people to attack, you know, and specifically he talks tensively about attacking the u.s. military. >> reporter: u.s. officials say hasan made contact with awlaki in yemen even before he got the gun he would allegedly use in the massacre, and army counter-intelligence knew it. ved maags community, d tht th >> reporter: today awlaki posted a blog praising the fort hood attack. nidal san is a hero, he wrote. how can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done. other army doctors have now come forward to say they complained about hasan to their commanding officers in 2008, based on what he sai
't know i had it in me. >>> the man who commands the united states army is general george casey. he was the top commander in iraq for three years. and he flew to ft. hood today. i talked with him, along with his wife sheila, this afternoon. >> it was a kick in the gut. not only to the ft. hood community, but to the whole army family. and it's especially so because the suspect is one of our own and it happened on one of our installations, and so, it is a kick in the gut. >> what story stood out to you. >> reporter: there's a graduation going on in the next building, and one of the soldiers told me that he ran into medics who were running in their caps and gowns because they heard gunshots and they knew that there were people wounded. that's the kind of spirit here. and then, it was buddies helping bud dips. >> what you have learned about stress from this? >> well, as i was going to say, we went and visited a group of soldiers from the 36th engineer brigade, and that one brigade lost four soldiers and had 11 wounded, and we probably talked to 25 young soldiers, men and women, who were
., >>> a >>> a united states aboutlines pilot was arrested yesterday in london and has been charged with being drunk. flight 949 from london to chicago was due to take off at nits when the pilot, irwin washington from lakewood, colorado, was taken off the plane and given a breathalyzer at the time. washington was released on bail and the airline suspended him. >>> here in new york, two former baern stearns executives have been found not guilty of lying to investors. in a blow to government prosecutors, ralph cioffi and matthew tannin were aquisted of fraud charges. the jury slip rated less than six hours. >>> a nasty surprise for millions of credit card customers with new rules taking affect in two pontes, banks are putting the squeeze on card holders. half the banks surveyed plan to increase interest rates and cut credit lines for prime borrowers. and for those without good credit, it's even worse. here's elisabeth leamy. >> reporter: pat pittman of perry, oklahoma, is a one-man sign of the times. one of his credit card companies lowered his limit from $5,000 down to $900. another one raised his ra
strategy is going to make any difference in preventing terrorism in the united states. what the president has to do in the speech is explain why we're there right now, how the strategy is going to be different, and how theyat's goi to get us out. by going in more heavily now, we can get out more quickly later. that's a high degree of difficulty. >> and if there is opposition in congress, how does it get expressed? where does the battle come? >> reporter: it is all about the money, charlie. house speaker nancy pelosi said today that there's great unrest in the democratic caucus over the question, can we afford this war? a majority of democrats are not prepared to support more funding now and there's a real debate over whether the president should move for the nding this year or put itff until next year. there's a fierce debate now, a lot of democrats say, don't put it in the middle of this health care debate. there's no question the president's going to have to reach out to who has been his opponents most of this year, republicans, to get a majority for the funding. >> and david obey said
that the united states asked for during that period. >> reporter: documents provided to abc news by lithuanian officials show the paper trail of what they call the cia front company that bought the facility. elite llc, registered in washington, d.c. and supposedly owned by another company in panama. they took over the facility in march 2004, the same month lithuania joined nato. the cia moved out after a year and a half after reports about the secret prisons, though they did not make lithuania. the building now owned by the liuanian intelligence service. the cia says the program is over and does not say where the secret facilities may have been. but that silence has left the current government in lithuania holding the bag as the president and the parliament is demanding investigations and prosecutions of anyone, including americans, who was involved at the one-time riding academy. >> brian ross, thanks. >>> the government accountability office both praised and criticized the obama administration's website, set up to track the number of jobs created or saved by the economic stimulus. the gao sa
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